Technics SA-GX505 A/V Receivers

4.29/5 (14 Reviews) MSRP : $420.00


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AV Control Stereo Reciever


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shaun a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2011

Bottom Line:   
My dad bought the Sa-Gx505 during the summer of 1991 and in 2000 he gave it to me. What I love most about this receiver is the fact that it's built for music while most amp/receivers at the 500$ price range are built now for movies. Most amps/receivers today have things like hall, theatre, and all that crap, but this thing has a built great eq and features that are important for the music listening experience.

My dad also gave me another Technics Sa-Dx940 amp around the same time. It was made in 1998 and about the same price as Gx505. I use to always compare the 2 amps to make sure I was using the best one possible and hands down the GX505 was 10x the amp than the DX940. The DX was made more for movies and sound quality wise it didn't have the same music features as the GX and over all just didn't sound near as good.

The one major flaw in it's overall design that ended up being the demise of my Gx505 was the fan. If you have read other reviews about the GX505 then you would know that this amp gets extremely hot to the point it hurts to touch it. Well the worst thing I ended up doing was hooking up an Ipod dock. I have around 500 actual cds and 50 albums, but some songs I have are high quality Mp3s and when I got my Ipod I would used it for my Mp3s. I always knew the fan would would only start running at a certain volume or bass heavy songs, but with the Ipod dock the volume had to be much higher to get to the fan to run. Well sadly a few years back while using the Ipod dock the amp started to buzz and fizzed out. That was truly a sad day for me, but luckily my dad is fixing.

Overall this is great amp/receiver and I would recommend it for anybody who can't afford a 2000$ amp. It's just one of those systems where you get more than you pay for.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mrdevlin a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I purchased one of these used on eBay for $80, and integrated it into my home theater setup replacing my old Sony STR-DE515 receiver. The unit performed beautifully, which surprised me because of its age. The only issue that I noticed with it was that it did run really hot - I won't go so far as to say you could actually cook food on it, but it was uncomfortably warm to the touch after about a half hour or so of low volume listening.

After evaluating the unit for about a week to see how well it fit in, I decided to keep it and give my old Sony away to a family member who could use it. The features of the receiver were outstanding, and the parametric EQ / spectrum analyzer display were both a welcome addition also.

I gave the receiver a thorough inspection and overhaul, resoldering any cold solder joints I could find on the circuit boards, cleaning contacts, and making other minor adjustments inside. The stock fan seemed to be a little flimsy, and was obviously not keeping the unit cool, so I carefully unsnapped it from the back panel, and desoldered its contact header on the circuit board. This allowed just enough clearance to snap in a quiet 12V cooling fan from a spare computer case. This minor modification made a HUGE difference in the unit's ambient temperature - placing my hand on the top of the unit, you can hardly tell the unit was even on. It is also much quieter than the stock fan, and is barely audible unless you turn the volume almost all the way down.

The fan design is the same on the lower-powered SA-GX500, and may be the same or similar on other recevier models as well, so if yours is doubling as a "toaster oven", this simple modification may do the trick for you. The computer case fan looks stock, does not create any annoying vibrations, and (for me anyways) is a much better solution than an external fan since you don't have to deal with any blocked airflow - the huge hole on the back panel lets lots of air in. You also won't have to deal with the problem of finding a suitable spot to mount an external fan, which is an issue for me since the recevier is in an entertainment center partition. Even in this confined space, the fan keeps it well ventilated.

Overall, the sound quality was a huge improvement and the video switching capabilities were adequate for my needs. The layout and design of the amplifier's circuitry is solid yet not so complex that it would be a major chore in the event it needed to be repaired - nearly all of the receiver's circuits are modular and very easy to navigate.

I really have no idea about the history of this unit, how many hands it passed through and how well it was taken care of during its travels. Yet after all this time, it still remains a solid performer - something which I intend to enjoy in the years to come.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   eBay



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bryon McElroy a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is a really nice unit. I love the sound quality it provides. I have recently missplaced my manual. I am in search of SA-GX505 manual.If someone could help me out it would be greatly appreciated. thanks

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Sears



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by nbraeman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I bought this new in 1992.
Basically a good product but not without its problems. I have had to have the lid off several times to reseat the board containing the surround sound amplifier as the connections go intermittent. It overheats terribly if you have it in a cabinet or don't leave plenty of space at the rear.
Good sound quality. It seems to add nothing whilst taking nothing away.
It sounds more powerful than it really is somehow.
Excellent equaliser functions including a parametric eq. Obviously a lot of thought went into these. Limited video switching capablility is also useful.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   store



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jay a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I've had the unit for over ten years and never had a problem. The CD player I bought with it couldn't keep up. It gets steady use everyday with the radio, TV, CD, and computer hooked up to it. I have no plans of replacing it any time soon, the sound is amazing at any volume level and it will power any speaker you put in front(too well for my last subs).
A friend mine who has a much better set-up than I do bought the same unit at the same time and still uses it as the base. He would like some of the features offered by newer units but can't justify the cost of a unit that would be able to replace this one. IF YOU FIND ONE USED BUY IT!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $400.00




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